Snowe challenger Dodge quits Republican Party saying he “has no faith” of fair primary
On February 22, 2012 At 10:00 am
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Andrew Ian Dodge, a Tea Party primary challenger to Sen. Olympia Snowe, unenrolled from the Maine Republican Party yesterday. In a brief interview this morning, Dodge explained his reasons:
I have no faith that the Maine Republicans can run a fair primary. The fact that Charlie Webster is still chair shows a complete disconnect between what Republican activists want and what the Party leadership does. I can no longer be part of a party that is either inept or corrupt.
Dodge said he has heard from others that are quitting the Maine GOP, and that the recent caucus fiasco was the last straw. He felt that certain issues dear to Tea Partiers – limited government, the free market, and fiscal responsibility – would not be discussed during the primary. Dodge added:
The Tea Party was meant to get more people engaged in politics, not drive them away.
Dodge will continue his campaign as an independent.
Update: Talking Points Memo has more on Snowe’s heavy metal challenger.